Ivan Rakitic tipped to shun Liverpool interest

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Sevilla are confident of keeping star player Ivan Rakitic away from the clutches of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United this summer.

The 26-year-old, who played a pivotal role in his side's Europa League triumph last week, has been linked with a move away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium due to his outstanding form for club and country this season.

Sevilla are desperate to secure Liverpool target Rakitic's future during the summer as the Croatian's current deal is due to expire at the end of the 2014/15 season.

The La Liga club may be forced into cashing in on Rakitic this summer if they fail to agree terms with the midfielder or risk losing him on a free transfer in 2015.

However Sevilla's director of football Monchi believes Rakitic will commit his long-term future to the club he has served with distinction for the last three years.

"I'm convinced that he will be at Sevilla for a long time," said Monchi.

"The whirlwind fixture pile-up has delayed his contract renewal, but the club is not in the least bit worried.

"I speak to him every day and I know what he wants. He is going to renew his contract, and if he renews it, he's not then going to leave after a week.

"If he renews it, it's to stay. I can't see a scenario with him leaving."

The likes of Chelsea and Liverpool could step up their interest in Rakitic after the World Cup if the deep-lying playmaker has a successful tournament with Croatia.

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